MAYVILLE – The wintry weather didn’t prevent the Chautauqua County Legislature from holding its monthly voting session Wednesday night in Mayville.
During the meeting the legislature unanimously tabled a resolution that would have provided over $25,000 in emergency funding to the Chautauqua Lake Association to help pay for the removal of a large amount of weeds that have gathered in Burtis Bay of Chautauqua Lake.
The motion to table the resolution was made by legislator Jay Gould (R-Ashville), who said that since the CLA has said it wouldn’t be able to remove the weeds until the Spring, it is no longer an emergency situation and the release of the money from the county’s 2 Percent Occupancy Tax Funding Reserve account did not need to happen immediately.
Gould added that the resolution also needed to be reviewed and discussed in committee before coming to the full legislature for consideration. That has yet to take place.
Earlier this month, excessive amounts of aquatic vegetation, high water levels, and wind conditions resulted in a large deposit of aquatic vegetation and fish kill to accumulate in Burtis Bay near Celoron.
The CLA has estimated the removal would cost $73,870, but also said due to the wintry weather it wouldn’t be able to address the matter until the spring.
In addition to the proposed funding from the county, the effort would also be paid for through grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.